Villagers in Blaenporth, Ceredigion, Wales, have treated to boycott St David’s Church after the church ruled that yoga would not be allowed in the premises since it is a ‘non-Christian activity’. Parochial Church Council has allowed pilates to be practised at an upcoming community centre but not yoga as “might be seen to be in conflict with Christian values and belief,” reports The Telegraph.
One resident wrote to the Aberporth Community Council: ‘I and no doubt some Blaenporth residents are not at all happy with the view the church has on community activities like yoga, tai chi, taekwondo, cash prize bingo and the like. It is supposed to be a community affair where old and young can enjoy a better quality of life.
‘I, for one, will not be dictated to as to what activity events are open to me. Therefore, I will not be visiting this establishment for recreational enjoyment until a fair and non-bias community centre is built.’
A Church in Wales spokesman said that the Blaenporth Parochial Church Council church is “keen to broaden the use of St David’s Church” and “will continue to be a place of Christian worship.”
Yoga is widely regarded as a discipline that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Many people practise yoga to keep themselves physically fit and to achieve a sense of calmness. Since the practice originated in ancient India, many believe the postures and the philosophy may be in contradiction with their religious beliefs.
“A faithful Christian can no more say they are practising yoga for Jesus than they can say they are committing adultery for Jesus, ” a US pastor had said a few years ago.
In 2005, Laurette Willis developed ‘PraiseMoves’ a Christian alternative to yoga. It looks a lot like yoga but practitioners recite scriptures instead.